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Disability Support Services COVID-19 Response

This page contains the latest information on how Disability Support Services (DSS) will continue to operate during the COVID-19 outbreak.  Please remember that DSS may need to modify its’ operational plan as the COVID-19 situation dictates.

Staffing

DSS will continue to provide support to students using email, Zoom and phone as appropriate. There will be a minimal DSS Office presence to proctor exams that cannot be done online or to provide other services that cannot be duplicated virtually and can only done by appointment. Otherwise, DSS services will be provided virtually, in compliance with current campus guidelines. The best way to reach DSS staff is by their specific campus email addresses.  Please see a list below:

Classes

At this time, all Summer 2020 courses are being taught virtually and it is anticipated this will be the case for the majority of courses to be taught in Fall 2020.

Accommodations

Please be sure and contact the Testing Scheduler at testingscheduler@csusm.edu if you want us to contact your professors for Summer 2020 or Fall 2020 to have any authorized testing accommodations implemented.

Depending on the way a class is virtually taught the continuation of using a notetaker may or may not be relevant.  Please follow up directly with the Notetaker Coordinator at notetakers@csusm.edu if you have follow up questions.

If there is a need to convert any course content into accessible format, then please use the dss@csusm.edu to notify us.

Advisory

The COVID-19 situation is fluid and changing very quickly. CSUSM has a specific location for obtaining the most current COVID-19 information as it pertains to our campus. Please be sure and go to this website to keep informed:  https://www.csusm.edu/incident/

Additional Resources

The only open computer labs that will be available in Fall 2020 for student use are housed in the University Student Union (USU). Find out more information in regards to these labs. 

If you will require access to any specialized software or hardware because of your disability, please be sure and notify us. We can make arrangements to have certain accessible software and hardware elements installed in the USU  computer labs on specific computers.

For those of you who have questions on your textbooks. Here is some information. Your assigned instructor for each course is the one who will determine what textbooks will be required.  You are encouraged to login to Cougar Courses to see what your instructor has posted in regards to your course.  They may have their syllabus posted that will list what textbooks you will need to purchase.  You can also check the University Store’s website and use their search engine to see if there are any textbooks listed for each of your courses. Find more information at the University StoreAny additional questions you might have in regards to your required textbooks for a specific course should be addressed to your assigned instructor.

UPCOMING:

Summer Intersession

Summer intersession has several options, please review the information provided through Extended Learning. However, Full Block starts on June 1st and ends on August 8th.  The 1st Block starts on June 1st and ends on July 2nd and 2nd Block starts on July 6th and ends August 8th.

Please keep in mind that all classes are being taught virtually. If you need testing accommodations (email: testingscheduler@csusm.edu) or notetaking accommodations (email: notetakers@csusm.edu), please email us or call the general number at (760) 750-4905.  

Directive on COVID-19 Mitigation Measures and Guidelines 

All students should read the President’s Directive on COVID-19 Mitigation Measures and Guidelines. Students requesting accommodation consideration for not being able to wear a face covering will need to provide current documentation to Disability Support Services from a qualified treatment provider. All documentation will be reviewed by appropriate professionals on campus.  Please email dss@csusm.edu for any follow up questions you may have on this process.